A federal judge has sentenced the former president of GMP Allied Workers Local 284 to 12 months and one day in prison after he pleaded guilty to embezzlement charges. The union official admitted taking $124,181 from the Longview-based local between 2000 and 2011.
A U.S. Department of Labor investigation determined the president used union funds for personal expenses, including gifts to relatives and friends. In addition to serving jail time, the man must make full restitution.
Note: Employers, including unions, should always have controls in place so that no one person can disburse funds to themselves without another person approving it.